One of the reasons I think for the cynicism and obsolescence of traditional marketing is that marketing/advertising is the public face of so many companies that are, in the words of Teddy Roosevelt, "malefactors of great wealth."
So as a highly radicalized public service, I've pasted here the Fortune 10, with my purposefully cynical thoughts alongside.
1. Wal-Mart Stores--hires illegal immigrants, locks them in at night. Indirectly uses Chinese slave labor to drive down prices.
2. Exxon Mobil--polluters. Responsible for the 1953 coup in Iran that, more than the Balfour Declaration, set the Middle East on fire.
3. General Motors--refuses to raise fuel-efficiency standards. Keeps producing environmentally abusive trucks. Major defense contractor. Propagates environmentally dangerous corn ethanol.
4. Chevron--See Exxon Mobil above.
5. ConocoPhillips--See Exxon Mobile above.
6. General Electric--Killed the Hudson River with thousands of tons of PCBs and refuses to clean it. America's 2nd largest defense contractor--makes depleted uranium bullets. Owns America's largest broadcast network.
7. Ford Motor--See GM above and add legacy of Nazi collaboration and virulent anti-semitism. Including dissemination of the Protocols of the Elders of Zion aka The International Jew.
8. Citigroup--Usurious lending practices via its credit cards.
9. Bank of America--Clean, I think.
10. American International Group--Due to insurance fraud has lost $58 billion in market cap since 2005.